7 Foods That Can Cause Constipation

Let’s face it—pooping is good for you and your gut. And when you’re backed up, it can lead to bloating, discomfort, and fatigue, which can make you pretty feel crappy. (See what we did there?)

That’s why it’s a good idea to load up on foods that keep you regular and are high in fiber to get things moving, and to limit those that can make it harder to go. If you’re unsure of which foods might be trouble for your digestive tract, here’s a handy guide.

Try to eat these foods in moderation, and if you do eat them, pair them with fibrous foods and lots of water to counteract the constipation-causing effects.

Booze
Okay, so it’s not *technically* a food, and sometimes alcohol can actually trigger looser stools or abnormal bowel movements during a night (or the next morning) of drinking, but if you’re consistently drinking alcohol and aren’t having other fluids to keep your body hydrated, it could lead to constipation.

“Since alcohol works as a diuretic, it can increase fluid loss and lead to dehydration. Inadequate hydration is often linked to constipation,” explains Sam Presicci, MCN, RD, LD, CPT, lead registered dietitian at Snap Kitchen.

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